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What area of engineering should I concentrate in?

What area would provide the best chance to find a good job? Make the most money? Travel the world?

Asked By: Andrew G - 1/29/2007
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If you want to travel the world: Petroleum Engineering- as long as the price of oil is above $50/barrel, you will be in demand and get to see the world. The highest paid engineers used to be Petroleum Engineers... More
Answered By: EnviroDude - 1/30/2007
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Electrical Engineering
Answered By: Sterling403 - 1/29/2007
 
Probably go with electrical or chemical
Answered By: random_3_2_1 - 1/29/2007
 
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Answered By: Randy B - 1/29/2007
 
Electrical Engineering would be your best bet. My friend, Matt, graduated with an electrical engineering degree and is making $75,000/yr to start. He travels all the time, too.
Answered By: Misty Eyes - 1/29/2007
 
I say you should concentrate in whatever area interests you the most. As you specialize, it really sucks if you're taking 6-7 courses a semester of stuff you don't like! I'd suggest going to an engineering open house at college/university nearby to get an idea of what the different disciplines do, or if you're... More
Answered By: imacampie - 1/29/2007
 
I was in Engineering in IBM and moved into sales. The Engineers make chump change compared to the sales guys.
Answered By: robbie - 1/29/2007
 
I am around engineers all the time. Mechanical engineers are always going to places in africa, mechanical are always usually around the U.S. electrical doesn't go anywhere often. Chemical engineers travel all over. They all make about the same depending on where you work. There is a shortage of chemical and electrical... More
Answered By: Clint - 1/29/2007
 
My brother-in-law has a degree in electrical engineering. He works for the government and does a lot of traveling around the world. He also is a licensed electrician so that is also a plus in his favor as he can put what he designs to practical use.
Answered By: randal z - 1/29/2007
 
I agree that probably electrical will get you the best salary. As far as travel, that really has to do with the company who employs you. If you get a job working for a small engineering company whose main clients are local pharmaceutical or utility companies, you won't be doing much travel... More
Answered By: lango77 - 1/29/2007
 
Surveying. Its a great job and while I was drafting and assisting a surveyor I learned a lot of very useful things.
Answered By: AbsintheLover - 1/29/2007
 
I would try to see if they will let you wait a year before you declare your engineering major. All of the engineering disciplines take the same stuff the first year anyway (Calculus, Physics, etc.). Electrical engineering is your best bet for salary, but it's also the hardest.
Answered By: sharke45 - 1/29/2007
 
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